Mina Ojuela, Mapimi
5.9 x 3.1 x 2 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
Well exposed vug filled with perfect yellow acicular form Legrandites. Unlike many pieces these are free standing crystals not laying in the matrix. A choice piece with strong esthetics and color. Small globs of greenish Adamite are present as well, this is an older specimen dating back to the earliest finds at Ojuela.
Calcite w. Hematite
Daye Iron Mine, Edong Mining District, Huangshi Prefecture
6.1 x 3 x 4.7 CM (cabinet)
Hematite included Calcite crystal with fine color, luster and an overall esthetic presentation. This is an unusual form twin that is completely differnet from any others I have seen from Daye. With well developed phantoms, this is in excellent undamaged condition.
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
5.6 x 1.4 x 1.1 CM (miniature)
Unusually clear gem grade and with muche better than usual color intensity. This is the classic look and habit of the Himalaya mine, but in exceptional condition and quality. No repairs and very close to perfect condition damagewise (just one chip about .5 millimeter that is clearly not distracting or easy to see). This is an old specimen, far better in person, and far better than most of this size and type.
Calcite over Stibnite
Quincy Mine, Hancock, Houghton County
7 x 5.2 x 6.2 CM (cabinet)
An odd, strangely attractive specimen with an interesting form, This is a series of fingerlike growths studded with scalenohedral calcite crystals. These have grown over slender crystals of Stibnite which are now completely covered by the reddish calcite. It is possible to see on the bottom where this was broken off the Stibnites remain.
A very neat, clean and colorful example of this find from about 8 years ago at Fengjiashan. In fine condition the Amethyst shows multiple growth steps and has excellent transparency and luster. The tabular apophyllite covering 3 faces has nice crystals to 1.5 CM and a dusting of micro minerals including Hubeite.
Calcite on Sibnite
Dachang Ore Field, Nandan
Guangxi Autonomous Region,
6.9 x 4.8 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Aa attractive and rather unusual habit of Calcite on Stibnite from the less well known locality of Nandan. The main Calcite is a sharp scalenohedron 3.5 CM long that seems to be heavily included by stibnite giving it a dark, cloudy interior. The overall composition and esthetics are very good, there is nice contrast with the metallic stibnite crystals. Not typical, this is quite differenet from other such combos I have seen.
Bright gem clear white Beryl crystals are studded on a 3 dimensional array of shiny black Schorl crystals. In excellent condition, this is a fine Erongo specimen and far better in person. 2012 vintage, this material has not been seen since.
A sharp multi-color pastel Fluorite with good clarity and phantoms. The crystals show excellent growth patterns and have sharp crystals of golden Chalcopyrite included inside. This looks fantastic with good lighting. A classic locale, the Denton Mine once produced a lot of good Fluorites, but is now gone forever. Some color changing based on light source, the core color is a pale yellow with blue to purple outer phantoms.